What will I learn?

Be defence tech’s missing link

Defence technology is at the cutting edge of engineering. But its development and management requires more than engineers.

Defence-tech organisations have a growing need for professionals who understand the science and engineering in their work, and are able to communicate it to multiple audiences—internal teams, customers, government and community. Our new Diploma in Technology (Defence Industries) prepares you to do just that.

What will you do?

Taught over 12 months full-time within a faculty ranked 43 in the world for computer science and engineering*, the degree leverages the University’s strong industry links and world-class research. It has a strong focus on critical thinking and complex problem-solving.

In addition to gaining a broad understanding of technology’s foundational sciences—computer, information, mathematical, natural and physical—you’ll develop skills in evaluating and using:

  • engineering methods, tools and processes in real-world defence-related contexts
  • systems-thinking principles to manage and develop well-structured and maintainable defence technology solutions
  • data analytics and cyber security applications
  • AI technologies.

Where could it take you?

You could become an industry liaison for a government research organisation. You might help establish multi-contractor alliances. Perhaps you’ll manage a tech manufacturer’s public messaging. You’ll also receive standing towards the Bachelor of Technology (Defence Industries).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$38,500.00 (US$ 26,091) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected December 2019

More details

Start date

2 March 2020, 27 July 2020


The University of Adelaide (UoA)

North Terrace Campus,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Students are required to complete Secondary School Qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12.

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS: Overall band score of 6.5 and Band score of 6 in all bands; TOEFL Paper-based: total score of 577 with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE) or Internet-based: total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 and Skills profile of no less than 50 in all skills; and Cambridge English-Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176 and Individual score of 169 in all skills.

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About this uni

The University of Adelaide works alongside governments, businesses, and other universities across Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Based in South Australia.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
  • Top 10 on The Economist’s list of world’s most liveable cities